This is a program designed for those between the ages of 16 & 18 with previous backpacking experience and a genuine desire to pursue an extended wilderness experience. The focus of WIL is on a 14-day backpacking trip in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Participants will learn how to select routes and campsites, practice map and compass skills, and find their own leadership style.
To apply for WIL, a parent must create a CampInTouch account and fill out the camper application. Once complete, navigate to the “Forms & Documents” section of your CampInTouch account. The applied camper must then fill out and submit the form called LTP supplemental questions. Once complete, the LTP director will contact the camper for a 15-20 minute phone interview. Simultaneously during this process, the camper will need to obtain 2 letters of recommendation. Once the online questions and interview are complete and the two letters of recommendation are submitted, then the LTP Director will notify the camper of their acceptance to the program. Campers are enrolled on a rolling base as they complete their applications. Spots for the program are not guaranteed until the camper is officially accepted and enrolled. If there are any questions about this process, feel free to email LTPdirector@ymcarockies.org.